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Centre Street Food Pantry

11 Homer street

Newton Centre, MA 02459

Get involved

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated at Centre Street Food Pantry! 


Want to get outdoors? We need volunteers on Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning to help bring grocery bags or boxes of food outside and curbside for the 100+ families in need.

Want a family project outside of your house? We can assign you a 2 hour shift (flexible schedule) where you can work together packing grocery bags. Anyone supervising will be at least 6' away. All the food you pack has been moved by truck on pallets. When it gets inside our facility, we let it "quarantine" for at least 24 hours.


Want to stay in shape? Join us to work (mostly outdoors) unloading food from pallets that we receive from the Greater Boston Food Bank.


In these changing times, we may need volunteers who want to work on small projects remotely. If you have some skills and time to offer, please let us know!

Volunteering with us makes you an essential worker so you may leave your home to help us!

WhO CAN Volunteer
Have a question or just want to learn more?

Due to the safety guidelines recommended by the CDC and State of Massachusetts to safeguard everyone from the spread of COVID-19, we want to emphasize that volunteering at CSFP is a personal choice. We do not want you to volunteer if you are in a high risk category, feel ill in any way or feel at risk for any reason.


We appreciate the energy, fitness of enthusiasm of those 70 years and older, but per CDC guidelines, people in these age groups are at greater risk. We will include new volunteers in these age groups when the CDC has changed their guidelines.

Volunteers must be 17 years or older.  Young adults between the ages of 12 and 16 years old may volunteer with an accompanying adult (parent or other relative, guardian or group leader).


Many of our volunteer jobs require that you work outdoors (or in an indoor area with the windows open) or some combination of being indoors and outdoors. Being a food pantry, most jobs will need you to lift boxes and/or bags of food which weigh between 15 and 30 pounds.


Our teams are tiny right now to keep people safe. We have jobs for 1 or 2 people working in a large area 6' or more apart up to groups of 5 people working exclusively outside.

If you're ready to be one of our volunteers, please fill out an application and our waiver form.  Someone will get back to you! 

Guidelines for Volunteers
Have a question or just want to learn more?

Our volunteers are all different but they share a common desire to show up ready to work.  No matter what you sign up to do, you'll find the time just flies by! Every box you lift, every step you take, you'll be part of distributing 25,000 pounds of food a month!


Whether volunteer, we ask that you demonstrate our core values of mutual respect and kindness. It helps if you can add a little patience and good humor, too! 


You may be asked to join a 45 minute "virtual" training for volunteers led by our Volunteer Coordinator or a board member. This is the perfect opportunity for you to ask questions and learn more about us.

You can read our Guidelines here.

volunteering as a group

Have a question or want to learn more?

Due to the current steps required to contain the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we are not scheduling any work groups until Fall 2020.

When we re-open our pantry market for shopping, we will be able to include small groups (3-4 people) from organizations or businesses to help shoppers, carry groceries or pack cold orders.  Please have your leader fill out a volunteer application or email us with your group name and size.

Fall 2020

Special project work groups are designed for four to seven people (plus a leader) to help us with these types of projects: re-arranging shelving and organizing, painting or keeping our pantry sparkling clean! These projects are occasional but important for our guests and the operation of our pantry.

No matter what you do, we hope your work is rewarding. We also hope that members of your group will continue supporting our work as on-going volunteers.